The election has unmasked the pervasiveness of wickedness in low and high places. Many of us were eyewitnesses to the disenfranchisement of voters, the buying and selling of votes, the use of force and intimidation, the tampering with election returns, the deliberate delay in the poll count. We have read in the newspapers about the scores of people who have actually died as a result of poll violence. We were taken aback at the undue haste of the Batasan to finish their canvassing and proclaim Ferdinand Marcos as having been re-elected, ignoring their own law concerning due process.
We judge the election to be fraudulent. We do not accept that President Marcos has been given a new mandate. He has no right to continue to rule.
God, Who is the fount of all authority delegates some to rulers so that they may promote good and restrain evil (Romans 13: 1-4). Authority is not mere possession of power but right to rule. The reason we submit to government is the recognition that our rulers have God-delegated authority. In a participatory democracy, the right to rule is vested on those who have been freely chosen by the people. These alone are the legitimate governors. Those who seize power by force or deceit are usurpers and impostors.
Not all Christians are ready to make this judgment. We respect their position and want to express our continuing fellowship with them in the Gospel. We stand and fall before the Master and should not judge one another…
We commit ourselves to pray and work for the establishment of legitimate government at the soonest possible time so that the nation can begin the arduous task of rebuilding. We pledge to employ only just and non-violent means that are consistent with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We confess that we too are sinful creatures in need of forgiveness for our lack of love, righteousness and justice. We call upon the whole Church and the nation to join us in turning from our wicked ways so that we may experience God’s healing of our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
-An excerpt of the church document “A Christian Response to the February 7 Elections" brought out on February 19, 1986 by the Church Council of the Diliman Bible Church, an Evangelical church who led the Evangelical participation at the EDSA Revolution. The five Evangelical groups/congregations who first responded were the Institute of Asian Church and Culture (ISACC), Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), Diliman Bible Church, Faith Baptist Church and First Free Methodist Church. The groups manned Gate 2 of Camp Aguinaldo on February 23, 1986, as throngs of people arrived. No weapons were brought, only food, Bibles and hymnbooks.
Another historical glimspe of EDSA Revolution “from the interstices.”